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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DENNIS NILL, boot and shoe merchant, McKeesport, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Aug. 6, 1833, a son of Jacob and Agnes Nill. He came to America in 1854, and settled at Port Perry, this county, where he worked sixteen years at the shoemaker’s bench, and two years thereafter in Pittsburgh. In 1872 he located in McKeesport, and opened a shoe store, which he has since successfully conducted; also has had a saloon in connection since 1873. In 1858 he married May C. Hannah, daughter of Philip Koder, of Wurtemberg, Germany, and by her has eleven children living: Lizzie, Jacob P., Carl, Anna, Hannah, Otto, Dennis, Emma, Ida, Bertha and George W. Mr. Nill is a member of the G. L. Church, of which he was president ten years in succession. He has held the office of school director of his ward nine years, and served three years as a member of council. He is a member of the F. & A. M., I. O. O. F., A. O. U. W. and Liederkranz, and is a republican.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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